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Taking it to the Capitol

Congress may be deadlocked on nearly all issues, but that isn't stopping the voting public, particularly roofing contractors, from sharing their opinions.

During NRCA's Fall Committee Meetings and Legislative Conference in October, Pete Korellis, president and owner of Korellis Roofing, Hammond, Ind., testified on behalf of NRCA at a hearing held by the Workforce Protections Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Korellis went before the subcommittee to discuss NRCA's concerns with the new fall-protection rules issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The subcommittee is chaired by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.). Former NRCA President and current Congressman Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) also participated in the hearing.

Korellis outlined NRCA's numerous concerns with OSHA's directive, which became effective Sept. 16. The directive effectively eliminates the use of slide guards as a fall-protection option in residential roofing.

Korellis told the committee: "I have deep concerns the new rules issued by OSHA will put my workers at greater risk of injury and also make it much more difficult for me to operate my company."

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